Hearing today for Illinois veterans points case could decide future of 185 licenses

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The Cook County courthouse in Chicago’s Loop. Also: A Picasso statue that nobody knows what it really is. Horse? Woman? Baboon? (Flickr/Jaysin Trevino)

Despite the announced withdrawal of one the two plaintiffs, a case in Cook County Circuit Court is moving forward today that could nullify veterans points for dispensary applications and force a redo of the lotteries for 185 adult-use dispensary licenses.

Two weeks ago the lead plaintiff and attorney in the case WAH v. IDFPR, Mazie Harris, announced her plans to withdraw from the case as her team was awarded two licenses in the August 19 Tied Applicant Lottery. The remaining attorney for the case, Robert Walker, representing plaintiff Haayyy LLC, has not responded to requests for comment about his intentions to continue arguing the case. However, the presiding judge’s office has confirmed that the case will move forward today. The case has been renamed Haayyy Group LLC v. IDFPR. 

Complicating matters, the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk’s case database and website were attacked by hackers a week ago, making it difficult to track cases. Grown In confirmed the status of the case with the help of clerks for the presiding judge, Moshe Jacobius, who stepped in because the Clerk’s office was unable to answer questions about the docket. The Clerk of Courts says it will take two to three more weeks to get the database back online.